Frequently Asked Questions

Is Laurel Preparatory Academy a public school?

YES. Laurel Prep is a fully accredited California State Charter School.  It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Its courses meet California State curriculum standards and are approved by the University of California (meeting UC A-G requirements).

What grade levels do you serve?

Laurel Prep serves students in grades 6-12.

Are there any fees or tuition costs required?

No. Laurel Prep is a public school. It is a publicly funded program which is free to all students.

What is the focus of Laurel Prep’s academic program?

Laurel Prep focuses on academics through our rigorous, standards-based independent study program.  Laurel students complete curriculum that has been approved by the University of California (UC).  Academic opportunities are provided to students during their weekly appointments to the Resource Center that include: receiving support in one-on-one tutoring sessions, conducting science labs, and participating in field trips.

Can you graduate from Laurel Prep?

YES. Students can receive a California high school diploma from Laurel Preparatory Academy. Our courses are A-G approved and acknowledged by the university system.Students may also choose an educational plan which prepares them for the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE).

Does Laurel Prep offer the same courses as other middle schools and high schools in the district?

YES. We offer courses that meet California State Standards and that have been approved by the University of California for admission. The most current selection of state adopted textbooks are used.

What is an ‘independent study program’?

Laurel Prep offers an independent study program. Independent study is an alternative education strategy for students who may have special challenges, need targeted instruction, or want an individualized approach to education.

Students work on their own according to written agreements and under the supervision of credentialed teachers. Independent study offers flexibility to meet individual students’ needs, interests, and styles of learning while independent study students follow the State adopted curriculum and meet the graduation requirements similar to the neighboring school districts. Independent study is available only as a voluntary option chosen by students and parents.

In independent study, students’ work (grade C or better) that is approved by their teacher is their attendance (not time in the Resource Center).

How much time do students spend in the Resource Center?

Students work from individualized academic plans. Resource Center appointments are scheduled two times per week. Students are expected to work on their assigned courses 6 hours a day – whether or not they are in the Resource Center. Students work more at home than in a traditional school. They move at their own pace completing one or two courses at a time. Each course takes approximately three to four weeks to complete.

What is the school calendar/school year?

Laurel Prep is an “around the year” program to maximize the number of days and time that students can earn credits. Students work on their academic program during the fall and spring, as in their traditional school.  In addition, students continue their academic work through the summer.

The calendar includes observance of the traditional holidays and breaks (winter—2 weeks, spring—1 week, and summer—1 week).  However, students are encouraged to work independently throughout the year to accomplish their academic goals.

Where are your Resource Centers?

Resource Centers are located throughout San Diego County. Please visit our Locations page to find a Resource Center in a community near you!

What is the enrollment procedure?

Parents/guardians can begin the enrollment process by completing a Request Enrollment form right here on the website.

How soon can I start?

You will get a call to meet with your teacher within three to five business days after successfully sending us all required enrollment paperwork.

What happens at my first meeting with my teachers at the Resource Center?

Your parent/guardian will receive a call/email from the teacher to schedule your first meeting. Together, parents, students, and teacher will review/modify the personal educational plan based on the student’s academic and post-high school/career goals. This is a very important meeting and both parent and student must attend. At this meeting, the student will receive their first course and materials.

Laurel Prep is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. Programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability or any other unlawful consideration.

Laurel Prep is proud to have served the needs of several Southern California communities and the many traditional school counselors that support each one. We are designed to make your work easier. If there is anything we can do to improve upon the service you receive, please do not hesitate to email us.